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Rhina Fernandes Williams

Clinical Assistant Professor    Critical and Multicultural Education    

Doctor in Philosophy in Educational Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, 2005
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Mercer University, Atlanta, 2000
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Agnes Scott College, 1992


Critical pedagogy, teacher development, multicultural education, biracial schooling, social and political context of education, social justice education


Rhina Fernandes Williams specializes in critical pedagogy and multicultural education. She taught first grade for several years and now works with inservice and preservice teachers in various programs in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, including the Bachelor of Science in Education and the Urban Accelerated Certification and Masters as well as the Educational Doctorate degree programs.

She is an active board member of the GA chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Rhina also serves as an education consultant and offers professional development in community building and culturally responsive pedagogy to schools. She also serves on the school board for the International Community School in Decatur, GA., where she is able to remain connected to the global community through the families at the school.


Williams, R. F. (2011). “When gray matters more than black or white: The schooling experiences of Black-White biracial students.” Education and Urban Society.
Williams, R.F. (2009). “Black-White Biracial Students in American Schools: A Review of the Literature.” Review of Educational Research.
Williams, B. A., May, L. & Williams, R. F. (2013). “Flowers, Fruits, and Trees: An examination of how preservice teachers write about difficult topics in multicultural education.” Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.